Today's includes a story about our work in the Maldives to clean up an outbreak of crown of thorns starfish. Over the course of a few short weeks we removed over 7,000 starfish that were eating their way through the reefs.
#COTS #CrownOfThornsStarfish #Maldives #CoralReefs #Science #Nature #GlobalReefExpedition #LivingOceans #starfish
On our return to the reef in Hawaii, we have gathered over 15,000 images along more than 30km of reef, to assess the ecosystem disruption occurring from #coral #bleaching .
"Given the thousands of stark white coral colonies we have seen on this expedition, this bleaching is a clear indicator that we are at a tipping point in terms of our impact on the coral ecosystem."
Due to warmer than usual #ocean temperatures, the corals here in #Hawaii are going through one of the most significant #bleaching events in their recent history.
A Porites #coral with numerous burrowing Christmas Tree Worms in East Timor.
One of our XL Catlin Oceans Scholars, Catherine Kim, has returned to East Timor to assess the link between human pressures and coral health. Read more: http://catlinseaviewsurvey.com/news/22-11-2015/return-to-timor-leste-to-assess-coral-health
We visited #Hawaii in August 2015 and again in November 2015 to see how the Third Global Coral Bleaching event had affected the coral reefs here. Read the latest report: http://xlcatlinseaviewsurvey.com/news/15-11-2015/a-sea-of-coral-bleaching-warning-lights-for-the-planet
We've been documenting the #coral #bleaching in Hawaii.
This image is particularly interesting because of the number of different species which can be seen bleaching in the same image.
Read the latest blog from the field: http://catlinseaviewsurvey.com/news/11-11-2015/an-experience-worth-sharing
The XL Catlin Seaview Survey team with the SVII camera at a community event in Lahaina with Ka’au Abraham from NOAA and Solomon “Sol” Kaho'ohalahala, a local political leader.
After our successful baseline survey in August this year, the team are now back in Hawaiian waters to re-survey the #coral reefs.
By re-surveying #Hawaii now we will have a record of the impacts before and during the current #globalcoralbleaching event.
The world’s reefs are in a dramatic state of decline - we’ve lost over 40% of corals over the last 50 years due to pollution, destructive fishing and climate change. According to the scientific community the decline is set to continue, it will affect 500 million people globally who rely on coral reefs for food, tourism income and coastal protection.
In response to this issue, the XL Catlin Seaview Survey is creating a baseline record of the world’s coral reefs, in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic vision. It will enable change to be clearly monitored over time and will help scientists, policy makers and the public at large to see and understand the issues reefs are facing and work out what needs to be done to best protect coral reefs now and into the future.
More from the project can be seen at http://catlinseaviewsurvey.com/